Strong Beef Prices Driven By Strong Market Demand – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said beef prices are holding firm, driven by extremely strong market demand and rising prices in our main export market in the UK.   He said UK prices have risen each week for the last 10 weeks in a row by over 16c/kg. He said these price increases, which […]

IFA Welcomes ECJ Ruling On Dairy Substitutes

IFA National Liquid Milk Chairman John Finn today (Fri) welcomed this week’s judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which stated that “purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yoghurt’, which are reserved by EU law for animal products”.   Mr Finn said fresh […]

Irish Fresh Fruit Industry Valued At €45 Million

IFA MARKS ‘CELEBRATE STRAWBERRY WEEK’, JUNE 5TH – 11TH   Marking Celebrate Strawberry Week, which runs next week (5-11June), IFA President Joe Healy has called on retailers to recognise the investment made by Irish strawberry and soft fruit growers, by ensuring that fresh fruit is seen on retail shelves as a premium quality product.   […]

Get Walking, Get Talking – IFA Announces Series Of Forest Walks For Green Ribbon Campaign

At the launch of a series of forest walks for the Green Ribbon Campaign today (Wed) Helen McEntee, Minister for Older People and Mental Health said, “The Let’s Talk and Walk events, which form part of the Green Ribbon Campaign, are a great initiative to help get people talking openly about mental health problems. I […]

Young farmer exchange programme China/EU

Irish young famers will soon have the chance to visit China on study trips, while young Chinese farmers and agriculture professionals can visit Ireland and other EU countries. The project will be jointly funded by the EU and the Chinese authorities. The project was jointly announced today by Commissioner Phil Hogan and Han Changfu, Minister […]

Important information for Farmers considering Solar.

530 Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic’s (USSPV) or Commercial Solar Farms have sought connections onto the Irish Grid up to Jan 2017; the total MegaWatt (MW) size is 5,215 MW, covering approx 26,000 Acres. What should the Irish Farmer be looking out for when contemplating Solar? CAP subsidy or Basic Payment system (BPS). Any Agricultural land […]

IFA Launches Framework For Negotiations With Vulture Funds

IFA President Joe Healy today (Wed) announced the key principles the Association will apply in dealing with vulture funds in support of farmers with credit difficulties, as well as a strengthened farmer support network to deal with individual credit cases. The farm leader said that he wanted to send a strong and clear message that anybody […]

IFA Reiterates Call For A Full Ban On Brazilian Meat

IFA President Joe Healy has reiterated his call for a full ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU, saying the move by the EU Commission to halt only those companies implicated in the investigation is not enough.   Joe Healy said it is not credible for the EU’s policy on equivalence of standards if […]

Yara Ripping Off Farmers With Fertiliser Price Hikes – Healy

IFA President Joe Healy has accused European fertiliser manufacturers of ripping off farrners by jacking up prices since the beginning of the season.   Speaking at a protest at the Yara depot in Ringaskiddy in Cork, Joe Healy said, “Yara, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers, has hit farmers with seven price increases since last June. […]

Minister Creed Must Address Sluggish GLAS Payout – IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Joe Brady has described the pay-out of GLAS payments to farmers to date as sluggish, and called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to ensure that all 38,000 farmers are now paid the promised 85% payment without any further delay.   Joe Brady said that while the commencement of GLAS […]

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